If you’ve watched a PPA Tour event recently, you’ve likely seen court signs, advertisements, or even heard announcers talking about the “DUPR.” But what exactly is the DUPR, what is it used for, and how is it going to be a “game-changer” for pickleball?
What is the DUPR?
DUPR stands for Dreamland Universal Pickleball Rating and is owned by fellow pickleball-addict Steve Kuhn. The DUPR is a rating system that can be used by anyone, from amateurs to professionals, and can be used for everything from local games to PPA tournament play.
How does the DUPR work?
The DUPR is an app that calculates your rating by taking into account your performance against other players. Sounds obvious, right? What sets the DUPR apart is its algorithm that calculates a 4 digit rating that increases or decreases depending on your opponent’s rating and the score of the match. For example, if you have a rating of 4.213, and your opponent has a rating of 4.394, and you’re able to pull off an “upset,” the DUPR considers that you beat a better opponent and will raise your rating. Alternatively, if you play a lower-rated player, and lose or have a very close match, your rating will likely decrease. The DUPR system really digs deeper into the scores of the match and the 4-digit rating of your opponent to calculate your rating.
The moral of the DUPR-rating-story is: don’t take any points off! A bigger margin of victory and victories over higher-rated players is the key to maximizing and increasing your rating.
What do you get with a DUPR membership?
- Access to other players' ratings
- Direct messaging to other DUPR members
- Access to you win-loss record, ratings, match history (both singles and doubles), and resutls analysis
- Advanced analytics
The DUPR has committed itself to being the premier rating system in pickleball. They have worked closely with pro players like Ben Johns, Rob Nunnery, and others to fine-tune their algorithm to calculate the most-accurate rating system in pickleball. If nothing else, it’s worth a download of the free version of the app to tinker with and see how you stack up to your local buddies, or help accurately place you in your first event.
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